Flex System Interoperability Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication


To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources. This system must be simple to deploy, and be able to quickly and automatically adapt to changing conditions. You also need to be able to take advantage of broad expertise and proven guidelines in systems management, applications, hardware maintenance, and more.

Flex System is a no-compromise design that integrates servers, storage and networking in one chassis. The solution is easily scalable with the addition of another chassis with the required nodes. With Flex System Manager, multiple chassis can be monitored from a single panel. The 14 node, 10U chassis delivers high speed performance complete with integrated servers, storage, and networking. This flexible chassis is simple to deploy, and scales to meet your needs in the future.

This document is a reference to compatibility and interoperability of components inside and connected to Flex System solutions.

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Changes in the April 7 update:
* Added new servers & components with Lenovo-signed firmware:
* Lenovo XClarity Administrator
* Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node, type 7162
* Lenovo Flex System Chassis Management Module 2, 00FJ669
* Lenovo Flex System EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switch, 00FM514
* Lenovo Flex System CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable Switch, 00FM510
* Lenovo Flex System SI4091 10Gb System Interconnect Module, 00FE327
* Lenovo Flex System SI4093 System Interconnect Module, 00FM518
* New section 1.3, “Chassis to I/O module compatibility”
* Added x240 (7162) to 2.1, “Compute node-to-adapter interoperability”
* Added x240 (7162) to 2.2, “Memory DIMM compatibility”
* New 32 GB RDIMM option for the x240 M5
* Added x240 (7162) to 2.3, “Internal storage compatibility”
* Added the new I/O modules to the Ethernet switches and adapters table
* Added the new I/O modules to the Ethernet transceivers table
* New section 5.2, “Lenovo XClarity Administrator”
* Added x240 (7162) to 5.3, “IBM Fabric Manager”
* Updated information:
* The x240 M5 (9532) and x440 (7167) do not support IBM Fabric Manager
* The x440 (7167) now supports the CN4054 Virtual Fabric Adapter Upgrade, 90Y3558 (FCoE/iSCSI upgrade)

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Chassis interoperability
Chapter 2. Compute node component compatibility
Chapter 3. Software compatibility
Chapter 4. Storage interoperability


Publish Date
05 September 2012

Last Update
07 April 2015

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